As coalition forces resume their push to the Iraqi capital, the fighting promises to get tougher and uglier. At the same time, the Administration has come under criticism for underestimating the enemy's strength. Republicans are privately worried, and Democrats are trying to support the troops without seeming to praise the President. Bush, meanwhile, has lost congressional votes on other issues. In Europe, anti-American feelings continue to rise.
This week's Brookings Iraq Series briefing will address these issues, as well as other late developments in the war.